Japan has Muslims under blanket surveillance at all times, no matter what. A group of Muslims sued, but the Japanese government wasn’t having it.
From Pamela Geller:
A group of Japanese Muslims sued the government for invasion of privacy etc. They lost but they were were awarded ¥90 million ($880,000) as compensation due to violation of their privacy by the leak.
“Japan Supreme Court Upholds Government’s Blanket Surveillance of Muslims,” By Tiffany Gabbay, TR, June 30, 2016:
It’s a necessary “safeguard” against terrorism.
Unlike those beholden to the failed ideology of multiculturalism, some countries don’t mess around when it comes to terrorism. Japan, for instance, has no qualms whatsoever monitoring mosques, halal restaurants, and all Islamic organizations and community centers.
What’s more, Japan’s Supreme Court upheld the government’s blanket surveillance policy even after being sued. The Independent reports:
The court struck down the second appeal by Japanese Muslim plaintiffs against what they perceive as an unconstitutional invasion of their privacy and freedom of religion.
A 2010 leak of 114 police files revealed nationwide surveillance of Japanese Muslims. The files revealed that Muslim places of worship, halal restaurants and Islam-related organisations across the capital, Tokyo, were being monitored.
A group of 17 Japanese Muslims, mostly from Middle Eastern and North African countries, decided to sue the Japanese government for infringing on their constitutional rights.
[…] The Supreme Court finally dismissed the case after two appeals on 31 May. The plaintiffs were awarded ¥90 million ($880,000) as compensation due to violation of their privacy by the leak.
The presiding judges only focused on the actual leaking of police files which had begun circulating on the Internet. When it comes to profiling and conducting surveillance of the country’s Muslims and Islamic institutions, however, the court upheld the government’s policy as a “necessary and inevitable” safeguard against Islamic terrorism.
On the one hand, it seems wrong to put someone under blanket surveillance just for their religious beliefs — as an American, that goes against everything this country was founded upon. But Islamic terrorists are everywhere and Japan can’t be faulted for taking the threat seriously.